After the presentation of the honorary prize, the festival week will open with the first film.
The MOP Watchlist series shows a selection of the best German-language up-and-coming films from the past production year - preferably including current works by former festival participants. As a supplement to the competition premieres, this series completes the festival programme to become the most comprehensive annual showcase of young German-language film.
The MOP Short List series comprises four short film programmes that offer a broad range of insights into the work of young German-speaking directors from film schools and independent productions, taking into account feature, documentary and animated films.
HONORARY AWARD WINNER
A multi-part film series pays tribute to the work of our honorary prizewinner.
A selection of films that reflect the life's work of our guest of honour.
Our section for exciting new narrative and production formats.
In the MOP archive we show a film that has made a name for itself in over 40 years of Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis.
CHILDREN'S FILM SERIES
A selection of long and short films for our youngest viewers.
SHORT FILM PROGRAMME: ATELIER LUDWIGSBURG-PARIS
The cooperation with Atelier Ludwigsburg- Paris, the one-year advanced training programme for film production, financing, sales and marketing at the Film Academy Ludwigsburg, has a tradition of several years and will be continued with a short film series in 2021.
KURZ.FILM.TOUR - THE GERMAN SHORT FILM AWARD
In 2021, the KURZ.FILM.TOUR will celebrate its twelfth premiere at the Max Ophüls Preis film festival. Its programme presents a selection of short films that were awarded the German Short Film Award last year or were nominated for it.
GUEST PROGRAMME FILM FESTIVAL COTTBUS
The FilmFestival Cottbus is our partner festival and presents a current award winning film every year.
GUEST PROGRAMME FILMREIF! BUNDESFESTIVAL JUNGER FILM
The St. Ingbert filmreif! - Bundesfestival junger Film presents itself with a short film programme.
HOMAGE WOLFGANG STAUDTE
In honour of Saarbrücken-born Wolfgang Staudte, one of the most important German post-war directors, we present one of his films in cooperation with the Wolfgang Staudte Society.